March 10 , 1945 - July 30 , 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018
2:00 - 8:00 PM
Masonic Service ~ 7:00 PM
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
Entombment will be at Michigan Memorial Park
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Richard L. Town Theater Scholarship Fund
28911 W. Huron River Drive
Flat Rock, MI 48134
Richard (Rick) Leland Town, Jr., resident of Huron Township, Michigan, formerly of Flint Township, passed away on Monday, July 30 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor due to complications from pneumonia. He was 73 years old.
Rick spent his career in leadership positions in the death care industry with companies including Howe-Peterson and Fortis, Inc. He served most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. A graduate of Officer Candidate School, Rick served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged during the Vietnam era. He was a graduate of Wayne State University’s School of Mortuary Science.
After formal retirement, he drove a Model T at The Henry Ford and served as a national park ranger at River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe.
Rick participated as an actor and director with several area groups including Huron Civic Theatre, Monroe Community Players, Players Guild of Dearborn, Southgate Community Theatre, and the Downriver Actors Guild. He also enjoyed hobbies including paintball, auction hunting, gardening and above all, enjoying the company of his family and grandchildren, and dealing with an endless succession of dogs.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jane (Bagger), his sons Erik (Melinda Michaels) and Errol (Dana Gamber), grandchildren Ellyse, Evan and Ellen as well as his brother Barrie (Millie), sister Marsha (Ken McLean) and cousin Bruce (Judy) Sage.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard Town, Sr. and Yvonne Dennis Town, and grandson Caden as well as numerous cousins.
I’m so sorry to hear of the news M.J. Best of wishes to you. G.W. Phebus
MJ We send are most sincere condolences to you and the family. God be with him and with you all. Dan and Jo Downing
Rick was one of a kind & certainly one of our favorite people. We will miss our dinners together & laughs- he was a genuine friend, who will always have a special place in our hearts. Our sympathy to MJ, his sons, and all his family & many friends. Love, Bill & Jen Bill & Jen Tucker
I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was such a kind man with a great sense of humor. I always felt welcomed and he always made me feel important while I was with him. So sorry for your loss Mary Jane you know God will take great care of him. Patrick Morrow
MJ, Words can’t capture my sympathy for your loss. The world loss an excellent human being. Sending much love to you and the rest of the family. Anne Marie Anne Marie Jurack
I had the privilege of meeting Rick just a few years ago. He was a wonderfully welcoming and friendly person and I always loved running into him. He will be missed. I am so very sorry. Diane Manko-Cliff
To Marsha, Ken and family, Tess (Duncan & Kaelyn), We are saddened to hear of your loss. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of your brother/uncle to forever hold in your heart. Thinking of you all during this time, love Carole, Shane, Taylor, Zachary and Tanner Congdon (New Zealand) Carole Congdon
Marsha, sorry about your brother. Peace be with you and your family...Pat and Paula Paula Flanigan
Rick was a very special person. The world is less bright with his passing. My love goes out to MJ and family and all who knew him. Candace MacGillivery
So sorry to hear the news of Ricks passing..We worked on many a production with Huron Civic Theatre with him he was a great fun loving guy. Jim & Arlene Spodeck Jim & Arlene Spodeck
Marsha. Mark & I join others in offering our condolence. We both remember your brother from school. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Loretta Liell
Erik, Dave and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You always spoke so highly of him, wish we would have had an opportunity to meet. Dave & Linda Dell
We are heartbroken for you MJ. Great great memories of a larger than life man. His kindness when we lost our son was incredible as was his presence on the stage. We are with you in spirit. Tim and Judi Tim and Judi Alonzo
Many fond memories of Rick from our time together at Fortis. My deepest sympathy to the entire Town family. Todd Carlson
Dear Mary Jane; So sorry for your loss. Rick was a gentleman. He was a friend, a fellow actor -- and a good one. I was always pleased to see him. You are in my thoughts and my prayers. Sincerely, Bill Bill Roth
We at Added Sales are so sorry to hear about the passing. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Your Friends at, Added Sales justin tracey
We enjoyed our times with Rick at the Monroe Community Players. He was a very talented gentle giant who was willing to help where needed. Our prayers are with your family. Steve & Bonnie Thompson
Mary Jane: I was saddened to hear about your husband. May he rest in heavenly peace. I can remember when he would stop at City Hall for death certificates. Great guy! He will be missed by all. Kyle Stack
My dear Mary Jane, I was saddened to hear about Rick. At our last Monroe Community Players meeting he was so concerned for my well being. Rick was such a great actor, you could tell that he loved acting and being on the stage. I am sending my prayers and love to you and your family. We have all lost a gentle friend. H Marie SmithPRINT ADD CONDOLENCES HERE